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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Can I trust a locksmith?

You can find a trustworthy locksmith with some research. The best way to start is with an online search of top-rated locksmiths near you and read the customer reviews thoroughly. Positive reviews (and ratings) can indicate trustworthiness, but you should also look up the locksmith’s credentials. Many states require locksmiths to be licensed, so look up the rules in your state before you hire anyone.

How much does it cost to have a deadbolt lock installed?

Installing a new deadbolt lock can improve your home security, especially if you think your current lock system has been compromised or there are unaccounted-for copies of your house keys in circulation. A professional locksmith can install a new deadbolt for you in a matter of hours. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100. Locksmith prices for installing deadbolts may be higher based on whether the professional provides the lock or you have it on hand, how many components the locking system includes, and how long the installation takes. The cost to purchase a lock yourself from a big-box store can range from approximately $70 to $225 or more, depending on quality and materials. Higher-security locks often take longer and therefore cost more to install.

How does a locksmith open a locked door?

Locksmiths use specialized tools and techniques to open your door in the case of lockouts or lost keys. Trained locksmiths can pick your door lock with lock-picking tools such as a rake, a tension wrench, a half diamond or a hook. They may use a technique called bumping, which will work on pin tumbler locks, or as a last resort they may use a drill to remove your existing lock. The national average locksmith price ranges between $70 and $100. A locksmith can also replace your current lock system, re-key your locks if you have lost your keys, repair a broken lock, install a deadlock and more. Locksmiths not only help with front doors, they can help if you are locked out of your car, locked out of your mailbox, locked out of your shed … you name it. There may be an additional charge for emergency after-hours locksmith services. Check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for a car locksmith?

There are several reasons you may need a car locksmith. You may be locked out of your car (either with the keys inside or with no keys at all), you may have lost your car keys and need a new key, or you may want to make a duplicate car key. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100. Getting locked out of your car can be scary and overwhelming — especially if it’s cold and dark out. Fortunately, professional locksmiths provide round-the-clock assistance to help people in these circumstances.

Car lockouts are one of the main reasons people need a locksmith. Your locksmith’s price can depend on the type of car you have, the time of day (or night) it is, and where you are located. Locksmith pricing may be based on a flat rate, or pricing may be quoted to you after the locksmith determines the circumstances. For example, a flat rate for a car lockout could be $65 for standard vehicles. That price could be higher for after-hours or long-distance service, or service during extreme weather. If you have entirely lost your car keys, a locksmith can make you a new car key, but first they must verify that you are the owner of the car. Locksmiths can even program new car key fobs for you — often at a lower price than a dealership.

How much does it cost to make a new key for a car?

Locksmiths’ prices for making new car keys can vary depending on the make of your car as well as the time of day and location. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100, but duplicating a key may cost as little as $30, while extraction a key stuck in the ignition, cutting a new key and programming the fob can cost much more.

You might need a new car key if you have lost your key, the key broke in the ignition, the key is bent or damaged, or you just want a duplicate in case of emergency. You can request a duplicate of a key you have on hand, or you can have a new key made or cut if you have lost your original car keys. If you need to replace lost keys, you’ll need to first provide proof that you are the owner of the car along with the vehicle identification number (VIN). If you’re just locked out of your car but don’t need a key made, a locksmith may charge $65 to get you back in. Locksmith car key services are often far more affordable than dealership prices for new keys.

Reviews for San Diego locksmiths
Thumbtack Customer
A great locksmith at a reasonable price. Joe went above and beyond expectations with speed, quality of work, and customer service.
American Locks & KeysAmerican Locks & Keys
Robert F.
Very professional, reliable and efficient service. I would definitely use these guys again for my future locksmith needs.
Continental LocksContinental Locks
Lisa F.
Arrived in time, called before arriving. Reviewed the job and determined I needed less expensive option for one of my doors. Friendly and fast. Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a locksmith.
American Locks & KeysAmerican Locks & Keys
Josh T.
I lost my key and he was super responsive and one of the cheapest around. I’m a realtor and have been looking for a quality locksmith for sometime. I’ll be referring him to my real estate team
Continental LocksContinental Locks
Joey S.
Shawn was great to work with. He was on time and professional. He helped with ignition keys. He programmed them on the spot. He knows his stuff. Other locksmiths wanted twice as much!! Very reasonable prices.
Noble LocksmithNoble Locksmith
Kevin K.
The best locksmith out off all of them. Super nice, got me back in apartment super fast. Helped me out when I was in a huge bind. I can’t say thank you enough. Call them. They are the best. Thanks again
Noble LocksmithNoble Locksmith
Kelli W.
Chris did an amazing job with my mailbox. I reached out to him, and within 30 min he was at my place with my new mail keys in hand. His work was quick and clean, and he was fast, and did an awesome job. I will definitely use Chris and Barton Family Locksmith again!
Barton Family LocksmithBarton Family Locksmith
ADAU T.
I chose Locked out Helpers because they were extremely responsive during the process and answered all my questions almost immediately. Shawn arrived on time and was able to assist with cutting and programming my car keys. Would recommend the company to friends and family and I have saved his information for any future locksmith services.
Noble LocksmithNoble Locksmith
Olivia B.
Great experience working with Guy from Pro Locksmith San Diego! He was very quick to respond to my request and get me on the schedule to re-key a door. He called when he was on his way for the appointment and took nearly no time at all. I even got two new keys for the lock so saved me a trip to the hardware store! Great value for the job! Would definitely recommend!
Pro Locksmith San DiegoPro Locksmith San Diego
Florence T.
Joe with American Locks and Keys did a great job on 4 separate house locks that I was having trouble with. In one case the lock was broken and Joe was able to advise me in advance on what parts would be needed (saving me a separate service call). During the service call, he was then able to replace the parts that were broken and made several other adjustments to prevent future problems. Adjustments and lubrication were needed in the other three cases. All in all, Joe was able to correct all my lock problems without requiring that I purchase new locks or keys, which saved me a significant amount of money. He also helped educate me on what was needed to prevent future problems and expense. Thanks Joe. I will definately call on you for any future lock issues I may have, and will recommend you to anyone needing a locksmith.
American Locks & KeysAmerican Locks & Keys
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